Derek Boshier, a British Pop artist whose work spans more than four decades, is the newest artist on display at Northeastern’s Gallery 360.
The exhibit, titled “A Survey of Work,” opened in the main gallery between Ell Hall and the Curry Student Center on Saturday and will run through Oct. 30. William Kaizen, an assistant professor of art history and media studies, is the show’s curator.
Pop art emerged in Britain in the mid-1950s and popularized the practice of manipulating photos, objects, and advertisements à la Andy Warhol.
Boshier has worked with a range of media over the years, including books, 3-D objects, photography, and film. His Gallery 360 exhibit features 38 pieces including acrylic paintings, prints, ink drawings, and the cover of David Bowie’s album “Lodger,” which Boshier helped design in 1979.
“You use the medium that best suits the idea,” Boshier explained. “It’s not a good idea to choose the medium first. It’s good to see what your idea is, what your concept is and what you need to do to express or convey that notion.”
A reception with the artist was held Monday to mark the show’s opening. Afterward, Boshier screened some of his short films at the Northeastern Visitor Center and gave a lecture.
Boshier first attracted the art world’s attention in the early 1960s as a student at the Royal College of Art in London. He has also taught for about 50 years and was a visiting lecturer at UCLA’s School of Art.
This is Boshier’s first solo show in Boston as well as the first show Kaizen has curated for Gallery 360. The pair met through an event in Philadelphia in 2011, and ever since Kaizen has been eager to work with Boshier to showcase his talents, which he said deserve more credit than they’ve received.
“Derek is an artist who is underappreciated in some ways and doesn’t get the respect he is due,” said Kaizen, who is on Gallery 360’s advisory committee.
Kaizen noted that Boshier’s most recent works—acrylic paintings from 2011 that show iPhones and iPads framing certain images—anchor the exhibit. From there, he strived to build relationships between certain themes— such as how readily available information is today and the economic disparity between the poor and wealthy— using Boshier’s older works.
Other pieces in the exhibit include part of Boshier’s “Extreme Makeover” collection, for which he took an existing advertisement or photograph and completely changed its context.
“My work comes from popular culture,” Boshier noted. “Although I do topical things and my work comes from current events, it doesn’t age because the same things are happening.”